COSAM News Articles 2019 March COSAM Offers NSF Workshop to Help Younger Faculty Excel

COSAM Offers NSF Workshop to Help Younger Faculty Excel

Published: 03/12/2019

By: Maria Gebhardt

The College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) offered an opportunity for newer faculty to hear from seasoned members who have received National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER awards.

“COSAM has seven NSF CAREER award winners in the last five years at Auburn University,” explained Dr. Edward Thomas, associate dean for research and graduate studies.

During the two-hour session, faculty listened to valuable advice from a former NSF program director and now Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Auburn, Dr. Scott Santos. He shared tips about timing, the role of panels and the review process.

“Take the time to talk with your program officers and understand what projects they want to diversify their portfolios with,” said Dr. Santos. “It is important for younger faculty to know how NSF funding and proposals work before they write a proposal.”

Amy Thomas in the research office provided important reminders about preparing proposals and how to extract the most relevant information from the 180+ page proposal solicitation guidelines.

The panel of NSF CAREER award winners included:

  • Konrad Patkowski, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Wendy Hood, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Rita Graze, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Haruka Wada, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Monika Raj, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Brad Merner, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Steven Mansoorabadi, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Faculty shared helpful strategies, suggestions, and real-world experiences from their application process, and answered questions.  


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